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Research interests

A Professor of Design History, Jeremy Aynsley researches in late-nineteenth and twentieth-century design in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on design in modern Germany.

Professor Jeremy Aynsley’s research interests concern late-nineteenth and twentieth-century design in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on design in modern Germany. He is especially interested in the phenomenon of the migration of Modernism, avant-garde and commercial visual languages in graphic design, as well as the education and professionalisation of the designer. A further research specialism is in the history of the domestic interior and its representation through publication and exhibition.

Jeremy Aynsley writes and lectures on twentieth-century design and culture. Publications include Graphic Design in Germany, 1890-1945 (2000) and Designing Modern Germany (2008). He has also contributed to several exhibitions. Most recently, he was guest curator of Julius Klinger: posters for a modern age at the Wolfsonian, Florida International University in autumn 2017.

He was curator of Signs of Art and Commerce: German graphic design 1890–1945 in the Department of Prints and Drawings at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1997 and co-curator with Marianne Lamonaca of Print, Power and Persuasion: Graphic Design in Germany 1890–1945 at the Wolfsonian, Florida International University in 2001. In 2009-11, he contributed to the exhibition and publication California Design, 1930–1965: ‘Living in a Modern Way’, a project led by Wendy Kaplan of the Department of Design and Decorative Arts at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

Research interests

Before taking up the appointment, Jeremy Aynsley was Professor of History of Design at the Royal College of Art (RCA), where he was also Director of Research since 2009. He was responsible for the College’s strategic development of research including the submission to the Research Excellence Framework 2014.

Jeremy Aynsley has been member of a number of external advisory boards including the AHRC Peer Review College (2005-2013). Recipient of several major research grant awards, he was Director of the AHRC Centre for the Study of the Domestic Interior (RCA, V&A Museum and Royal Holloway University of London) from 2001 to 2006 and Principal Investigator on the AHRC-funded research project The Viennese Café and fin-de-siècle culture from 2006 to 2009 (RCA, and Birkbeck University of London). Jeremy Aynsley has overseen the successful completion of seventeen PhD and four MPhil studentships. 

Professor Aynsley is a graduate of the University of Sussex (BA, MA) and the Royal College of Art (PhD). 

Postgraduate research supervision

Jeremy welcomes approaches for supervision towards a research degree. His interests span Design History, Modernism, Graphic Design, German Design and Transnational design histories. His expertise is particularly relevant in the following university PhD programme application areas: Architecture and Design and History of Art and Design.

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Research Output 1985 2019

Jan Tschichold and the New Typography: Graphic Design between the World Wars

Aynsley, J., 4 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Design History. 32, 4, 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook Review

Jan Tschichold
Central Europe

Bauhaus Houses and the Design Canon: 1923-2019

Aynsley, J., 1 Sep 2017, From De Stijl to Dutch design: canonising design 2.0. Amsterdam: Stichting Designgeschiedenis Nederland, p. 25-33 9 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
Exhibition History

Julius Klinger: posters for a modern age

Aynsley, J., 1 Oct 2017, Miami Beach, USA: The Wolfsonian-FIU. 112 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook - authored

Visual Culture
Modern Age

The cultural representation of graphic design in East and West Germany, 1949 to 1970

Aynsley, J., 1 Jan 2016, The Routledge Companion to Design Studies. Sparke, P. & Fisher, F. (eds.). London: Routledge, p. 242-265 24 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

German Democratic Republic
West Germany
Cultural Representations

The new typography as commercial sign in Weimar Germany

Aynsley, J., 1 Jan 2015, A machine for communicating. Kurc-Maj, P. & Muzyczuk, D. (eds.). Lodz, Poland: Muzeum Sztuki, p. 369-408 40 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

Weimar Germany

Activities 2007 2019

  • 4 Conference
  • 2 Consultancy
  • 2 Publication Peer-review
  • 1 Membership of professional body

Association for Art History

Annebella Pollen (Member of programme committee), Lara Perry (Member of programme committee), Louise Purbrick (Member of programme committee), Claire Wintle (Member of programme committee), Naomi Salaman (Member of programme committee), Matthew Cornford (Member of programme committee), Jeremy Aynsley (Member of programme committee)
4 Apr 20196 Apr 2019

Activity: EventsConference

International Research Committee, University of the Arts, Bern

Jeremy Aynsley (Consultant)
21 Mar 201921 Mar 2021

Activity: Consultancy


Jeremy Aynsley (Organiser), Mark Crinson (Organiser)
Mar 2019Jul 2019

Activity: EventsConference

The Cost of Design

Jeremy Aynsley (Member of programme committee), Esther Cleven (Chair)
Mar 20197 Sep 2019

Activity: EventsConference

Swiss Typography and Graphic Design Revisited

Jeremy Aynsley (Consultant)

Activity: Consultancy